Wednesday, January 14, 2009

try this! kitchen beauty tip

My mom is really into that whole "kitchen beauty" thing where you use the natural products in your cupboard on your face. I get it, since skin is so absorptive that you don't want to put on your skin anything you wouldn't eat (ie, wouldn't want going through your kidneys/waste processing systems).

At the same time, I'm not into routines that take forever, and I usually don't have time to sit around with an oatmeal and honey mask or what have you. But I tried her latest thing, and it Really Really Worked.

So I thought I should blog it and share the magic with you all. This simple treatment worked WONDERS for my dry winter skin. I swear my face felt like a baby's. And I have a baby to compare it to, so I can say that's a fact. :)
  1. Take a grape. A single grape will do. Cut it in half and rub it all over your face. Let dry.
  2. Put a couple of drops of oil on your fingers. Cold pressed sesame oil is ideal, but extra virgin olive oil (or EVOO to you Rachael Ray fans) works very well too. You need the oil to dissolve the oil holding the dead skin on your face.
  3. Here is the magic step: lightly rub your fingers on your face. Choose one spot to work on and gently rub.
  4. In a few seconds, the dead skin will start to peel off (gross, I know, but also very gratifying, like popping bubble wrap). Don't rub too hard, and don't rub too large an area. Just work in small patches.
It's like a miracle in a bottle but cheaper. Half a grape, a couple of drops of oil, and a couple of minutes are all you need. Your skin will be baby soft and smooth.